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Siskiyou County Sheriff announces his coming retirement

Siskiyou County Sheriff, Jon Lopey, announced that he will retire, with a tentative date of Sept. 18.

Posted: Aug 25, 2020 3:33 PM
Updated: Aug 25, 2020 3:36 PM

SISKIYOU COUNTY, Calif. — Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey announced on Tuesdya that he will retire, with a tentative date of Sept. 18, 2020.

Sheriff Lopey said he decided to leave to spend more time with his family, volunteer, and do some historical writing. He added that he will remain a part-time peace officer after being appointed to a part-time position with a Los Angeles area law enforcement agency.

Lopey first took office as Siskiyou County’s Sheriff-Coroner in January 2011. He has served nearly 10-years in office and has completed nearly half of his third term in office. He has been a peace officer for nearly 41 years.

Below is Sheriff Lopey's retirement announcement:

“I have decided to retire as your Sheriff-Coroner but I can assure you the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) is prepared to promote some new leaders and continue its proud tradition of providing the very best safety, service, and support to the citizens we serve and our allied agencies," said Sheriff Lopey. "This decision was a difficult one because I love the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office and the citizens we serve.

Without a doubt, the time I have spent as your Sheriff-Coroner has been the most rewarding time of my 43-year law enforcement career. I have decided to leave prior to the end of my third term in office to spend more time with my family, volunteer to help kids and veterans, do some historical writing, and I will remain a part-time peace officer after being appointed to a part-time position with a Los Angeles area law enforcement agency.

The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office is a great Department because of the exceptional men and women that work in virtually every capacity within this tight-knit community of law enforcement professionals – field patrol, jail, courts, major crime investigations, civil, dispatch, records, explosive disposal ordinance, search and rescue, dive team, special response team, evidence/property, coroner, fiscal, administration, leadership, drug enforcement (task forces, etc.), Day Reporting Center, Veterans’ Services, and many other community projects that bridge the gap between our members and those in need, including youth, the mentally ill, and the homeless. I can assure you that the succession plan I have devised in partnership with the Department’s management team will ensure there is no loss of continuity as I transition out of the Department and pursue other ways to serve.

We will promote some outstanding leaders to fill some gaps and I have recommended to the Board of Supervisors that Undersheriff Karl G. Houtman assume my position until the next election, which will take place in two years. I am convinced the Department will ascend to new heights and levels of achievement in the future. I wanted to thank my co-workers, county leaders, and the best citizens in the world for being so supportive during my memorable tenure as your Sheriff-Coroner, which made this job the very best one imaginable. It was truly a distinct honor and privilege to serve.

I can assure you that I will continue to serve in various capacities to help others. Maxine and I have come to love and appreciate our citizens, and we will continue to work in your behalf and deeply appreciate the continuous outpouring of kindness and amazing support."

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